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  • Summary: The French indie-electronica band made waves with their 1998 debut 'Moon Safari,' but since then their only release has been the motion picture score to Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides." The wait for their true sophomore album is over with the release of '10,000 Hz Legend,' which includes guest vocal contributions from Beck and Buffalo Daughter. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. '10,000Hz Legend' is nothing like 'Moon Safari', then again it doesn't really bear a resemblance to much. Instead, it's a glowing, highly ambitious, quasi-concept album that sees Air spiralling off on a wildly idiosyncratic and brilliantly insane tangent all of their own.
  2. The good news is that in their quest not to make fly-away pop, Air have unearthed a bizarre and dark sense of humor that allows them to subvert and celebrate their new gloomier chops. [Jul 2001, p.59]
  3. Happily deviates from the Moon Safari mold of new wave kitsch and sugary pop, guiding the knob-twisting duo's retro-synth sensibilities into a darker, more brooding realm.
  4. The resulting mélange doesn’t always work, but the songs on 10,000HZ Legend still succeed often enough to override the record’s occasional shortcomings.
  5. 60
    Like Radiohead with Kid A, Air benefits greatly here from the extra slack given only to those somehow deemed "artists" rather than mere musicians. Coming from almost anyone else, this album would end up in the trash heap long before it had a chance to sink in.
  6. Uncompromising and wildly unpredictable, but only intermittently entertaining.
  7. By trying to offer something for everyone, the mostly dull 10,000 Hz Legend has little to offer anyone.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Alex
    Oct 19, 2007
    Every song on this album absolutely sings to me. I first got hooked by "How Does It Make You Feel", but quickly found the rest of the album to be just as redeeming. 10,000 Hz Legend is one of those rare albums that you can just play from start to finish and lose yourself. As much as I love Moon Safari and Pocket Symphony, this is undoubtedly my favourite. Expand
  2. barrys
    Sep 8, 2005
    So far ahead of its time, theis will always be air's most modern album.Will be seen as their classic in years to come
  3. DavidP.
    Jun 18, 2001
    Exactly the type of album I've had in my head since I began listening to music, and finally someone has made this imagination become a reality. The music is new and exciting upon first listen, and becomes all the more sedating and addictive upon every listen. I can think of only a few other times I have been so exciting with a release, and I'd have to rank this one with Beck's "Odelay" and Radiohead's "OK Computer". Definitely "headphone" rock at its very best, mixing every different genre and culture possible into a cohesive work that makes much more sense every listen. I do not expect people to share these tastes, but this release is certainly a musical artist's dream. Expand
  4. alexm
    Feb 16, 2006
    just the best
  5. tim
    Sep 13, 2003
    i like the atmosphere it provides... very relaxing, and, yes, a very good comedown album:)
  6. Ri
    Apr 16, 2004
    I love the band and I own their previous works. Though I feel it's very important to present something new (rather than just simply repeat the formula of great albums such as moon safari), I think that 10,000 hrtz legend lost that french vibe that have Air's records an experience from the outter space. Radio#1, Don't be light and The Vagabond sound like 'northamerican taste' tracks, very commercial, and in some ways, empty. The rest of the album is soft and dark, lonely, romantic and sincere; the perfect follow-up of the Virgin Suicides sdtk. Expand
  7. Wander
    Nov 5, 2005
    Disappointing follow-up to the classic 'Moon safari'. Talkie walkie, the successor, is also way better. The first three songs are great, air-standard, build up tension and give the band a new, heavier, direction. Most of the following songs are pretty directionless and miss the magic of the other albums. Still, surely not a bad album. Expand

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